Oct
30
2013
On the heels of a year filled with numerous animal food recalls and reports of a mysterious illness tied to chicken jerky products that has sickened thousands of pets, the FDA is taking stronger measures in an attempt to prevent illnesses originating from animal food. ...more
Sep
26
2013
When OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System in 2012, it wasn't immediately apparent how changes to labeling rules would affect veterinarians in the workplace. The latest guidance from OSHA reveals that when it comes to secondary container labeling, veterinarians and other employers can proceed as usual as long as they are adequately informing employees about hazardous chemicals. ...more
Sep
12
2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking new measures to ensure the health and welfare of pets sold over the Internet by so-called puppy mills. According to the USDA, the definition of "retail pet store" has been revised to prevent many breeders selling pets online from avoiding licensing and inspections by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. ...more
Aug
16
2013
The AVMA is alerting veterinarians to let them know they are not eligible to obtain National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, which many pharmacies request as a prerequisite to filling prescriptions. The new information comes from updated guidance by the Department of Health and Human Services. ...more
Jul
12
2013
Oregon legislators took major steps to protect the state's animals from abuse and neglect by passing SB 6, also called the Omnibus Animal Welfare Bill. The Omnibus Animal Welfare Bill gives the state's government and law enforcement greater powers to prevent crimes against animals and forcefully deal with those who mistreat animals. ...more
Jul
2
2013
Veterinarians in Washington state need to be aware of a few important changes to the controlled substance laws that will soon take effect. ...more
May
21
2013
Veterinarians in the state of Washington will now be under more protection from legal repercussions if they need to report suspected animal cruelty following the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 5102. ...more
May
6
2013
Sweet-tasting antifreeze may not be tempting to pets and kids much longer as legislation to add a bittering agent to the formula is continuing its advance through Michigan government. ...more
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